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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Nissan Leaf completes a 16,000km journey

Polish explorer Marek Kaminski, has successfully driven the new Leaf from Poland to Japan. This trip took him across 8 different countries and two continents. He is hoping that this accomplishment will eliminate the doubts around the practicality of EV's. Have to do a bit of research but I haven't seen any mentions of rapid charging issues.
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I doubt that he really had much need for rapid charging, as I don't think he was on any sort of time frame for this trip. It does allude to the fact that range anxiety isn't as big of an issue as its made out to be. It does look like he needed to get creative in finding methods to charge in certain countries though.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-31-2018, 09:34 AM
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For all we know this model could have been equipped with a proper cooling system prior to the trip. I'm sure that Nissan was well aware of how well this trip would advertise their new model.
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I think the odds of that are incredibly low, as the the whole point of the trip was to prove the capability of the factory model. Would be false advertising if this Leaf was a one off and didn't make that known.
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From all the articles I have read around this trip, there have been no mentions of any modifications being made to the vehicle. It completed this journey entirely with a factory setup, and the owner plans on taking the same route back to Poland. For Kaminski its all about sustainable mobility, with the potential to travel without leaving a trace/footprint.
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The journey took around two months, and there would have been plenty of locations along the way that wouldn't even have fast chargers. I'm curious to hear what his average driving range was however, because I'm sure that the vast majority of his trip was on the freeway.
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I'm guessing that he was able to hypermile via the One Pedal mode, which probably got him fairly close to the EPA rated 150 mile range. Though I'm interested to see what sort of decrease we'll see come winter. It would be great if Nissan was able to bring the long range option to market by then.
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I wonder if once the E-Plus model releases, whether or not that will mean a price drop for the base model. The majority of interest it has received has been based upon its value proposition, and an even lower entry price could bring even more people to this model.
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I don't think its just the price that has sparked so much interest, but also the amount of tech that's standard here. If Nissan does indeed plan to continuously update their ProPilot system, we could be looking at an autopilot for a fraction of what it costs in a Tesla.
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I don't think its just the price that has sparked so much interest, but also the amount of tech that's standard here. If Nissan does indeed plan to continuously update their ProPilot system, we could be looking at an autopilot for a fraction of what it costs in a Tesla.
They should think long and hard of how much more they want to put into the Leaf.

Infiniti can make a big impact by selling a compact EV. Rumors suggest by 2021 we'll see this happen. If true, by early 2019 we'll get some solid information after some major autoshows come and go.
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